gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is the best NCAA yet. Its a big improvement over 2008, which had awkward movements and depth perception. It was like the guys were running but not really going anywhere, with a disconnect between the players legs and the playing surface. All in all, I considered 08' a step backward and 09' two steps forward. Fun, fun, fun. Still needs work with the AI. Madden finally made the step with real momentum (ie, you can throw it over the head of a LB with his head turned instead of him having eyes in the back of his head...if he's running one way he can't leap 5 yards the other way instantly to break up a pass, etc). What's really cool too was the "even teams" feature, but I'm not sure how long they've had it. That way you aren't at the mercy of the game ratings.
gamers (77%) found this review helpful
After playing this game I have to commend the EA Sports group on a job well done. This game is a BIG, BIG improvement over the 08 version which well...sucked.
The game really improves in two key areas: The graphics are a lot better from last year The gameplay is also a whole lot better from the 08 version.
So my breakdown.
The good: Great Graphics... the stadiums look awesome. Recruiting didnt change a whole lot but the new "Quick Call" feature saves a lot of time if your not into spending 20 minutes on recruiting each week. The online dynasty feature is a really nice addition for those who love playing online. Its a great feature if you can get enough friends together to do one. The add your own stadium music feature is great.. especially for Virginia Tech fans. Want Enter Sandman in the game... you got it. Just upload the mp3 from your PS3 hard drive
The bad: I was hoping I could try and pull another App State upset but EA Sports still hasnt put in any of the D1-aa teams yet. You still play the horrible FCS East-West-North-South teams.
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
If you played NCAA 08 then you have already played NCAA 09.
Changes/upgrades: There is a slight improvement in the graphics. Running at a smooth 60fps Custom stadium sounds (enables you to add songs from your PS3 hard drive into the game for certain situations, i.e. scoring a touchdown.) Online dynasty.
Other than that, there is not much new with the game. It is a solid game and if you missed last years edition then you should check this one out because it is a more polished product. Just do not expect a complete overhaul with an abundance of new features.
Worth the rent if you have not played NCAA 08, otherwise just wait until Madden 09 drops to get your football fix.